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My goodness, where did 2018 go?   I don’t know about you, but i’m ready to rock and roll this new year!


January is sure to be a busy month for everyone (oh, hi Kickstarter!), so let’s start #VintageSciFiMonth by removing some of that Gotta Read!Gotta Review! pressure. If you’re planning to read and write reviews, that’s great!  But #VintageScFiMonth should be about more than just posting book reviews. It should be about discussing older science fiction.  Why are we interested in reading it? Is it worth our time? Isn’t that cover art hilarious?


Since Vintage Science Fiction Month is a not-a-challenge,  these will be not-blog-hops.  They are just different discussions for each week of January, so we can all be talking about the same things at the same time. Talk about it on your blog, in other people’s comments sections, on twitter, on insta, on FB, via text message with your friends. Send a postcard. You get the idea.


Here are the topic ideas and time frames, so you can put your thinking cap on ahead of time!


Topic for Jan 6 – Jan 12:  I just dated myself. In your experience, which vintage SF books don’t feel dated?  What titles have passed the test of time, and feel like they could have been written in the last ten years? Is such a book possible? What, in your opinion, makes something feel dated?


Topic for Jan 13 – Jan 19:  Gateway Drug to Vintage. Your friend says they don’t want to read anything older. They think older books are awful. What titles(s) do you recommend to them to help them step outside their comfort zone? How do you convince them to give the book(s) a chance?


Topic for Jan 20 – Jan 26: Why is this important to you?   Why are you interested in reading Vintage SciFi? What do you get out of it?



Topic for Jan 27 – Jan 31: That’s, um, interesting.  Post your favorite Vintage Cover art. Post the weirdest cover art you can find. Post Vintage cover art that makes you want to pick the book up, post vintage cover art that makes you say WTF?


Want one more activity?  Got ya covered. Here’s a Vintage Sci Fi Month Bingo Card. Well, more of a connect four card than bingo. . .



martian-chroniclesThe Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

published in 1950

where I got it: purchased used


I read Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles at the end of January as part of Vintage Month, but as you can see, I’m not getting the review up until now.  As these are short stories, this counts towards Tip the Wink’s Short Story February. Win!


This collection of short stories and episodic microfiction that chronicle humanity’s conquest of Mars is a fun read for a lot of reasons, foremost that early stories take place in 1999.  I always get a chuckle out of reading something that was written in the 50s and the author places it at the turn of the next century thinking “that’s so far in the future!!”. Well, the future is now, or it was 18 years ago. Fun little time slip there!


As the story goes, in the late 1990s, we sent expeditions to Mars, and the first few were complete failures. (Which makes me wonder – how much did we know about Mars in 1950? That’s the worldview that these stories were written in)  Some of the short stories at the beginning of the chronicles are from the Martian’s point of view, and they basically see humans as annoying curiosities. The Martians are telepathic and can appear in any shape to us, so sometimes they appear as humans as to help us feel more comfortable. One of the expeditions comes across an entire Earth village filled with the astronauts parents and grandparents, who “welcome” everyone home.  There’s a darkness here as well, as the Martian’s goal is be sure we never attempt to return. I viewed a lot of that with gallows humor, but I don’t believe it was ever meant to be funny.

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Vintage SF badgeOh, ya’ll are THE BEST.  look at all this Vintage-y goodness you’ve posted in the last little while!

A Jagged Orbit reviewed Ralph 124C41+ by Hugo Gernsback (hey, that guy’s first name rings a bell . . . )

Under my Apple Tree chose Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven as her Vintage read

Mervi is on a Leigh Brackett kick, reviewing The Sword of Rhiannon, The Best of Planet Stories #1 and The Ginger Star

SciFi Story of the Week tackles short fiction: “Tunesmith” by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. , “Call Me Joe” by Poul Anderson, and “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein

Even you don’t speak Italian,  google translate may be able to help you enjoy this in depth review of The Sands of Mars by Arthur C Clarke, from Nella’s blog Le Chateau Ambulant

Jean at Howling Frog enjoys a James Blish’s Star Trek 7 TOS episode novelization (and I can’t even tell you how much I adore these little books. I am kicking myself for not buying ALL OF THEM at John King Books in Detroit!)

Planetary Defense Command reviews Isaac Asimov’s Intergalactic Empires

James Wallace Harris delves deep into Why we read vintage science fiction. Is it nostalgia? something more? He also has a fascinating essay on Books that start Snowballing Themes

Kaedrin reviews Wasp by Eric Frank Russell and  Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (Anderson seems very popular this year!)

Bushi enjoyed Jerry Pournelle’s King David’s Spaceship, clunky opening aside

Looking for more Vintage scifi?  follow @VintageSciFi_ on twitter,  and check out the #VintageSciFi and #VintageSciFiMonth feeds on both twitter and instagram.  Jacob at Red Star Reviews is not only my incredible Vintagae Month co-host, but he curates and RTs and reposts much of what is found on those feeds so everyone else can find it. thanks Jacob!

I love January!

Are you having as much fun  as Jacob and I are this month? If you liked exploring something new with bloggers all over the world, I recommend checking out Short Story February (short stories for a short month!) over at Tip The Wink.  Richard is a good friend of mine, and his blog is amazing. If he’s running an event, that is something you want to be part of!

Also?  Winners of the Vintage SciFi Blind Date with a Book have been contacted, and your books will be mailed this coming week. Feel free to unveil your surprises over social medial so everyone can see what you got!

I used to call these posts Vintage Science Fiction ’round the Blogosphere, but Vintage SciFi is now on Instagram and Youtube! Wow!  Let’s see what all these fantastic folks have been up to:

Red Star Reviews  gives a great summary of the four authors he focused on for Vintage Month, Frank Herbert, Gordon R Dickson, Joe Haldeman, and Henry Kuttner. I don’t completely understand how Instagram works, but Red Star Reviews has been instrumental in getting a lot of images posted to Instagram. Click here for a fantastic gallery.

on Youtube, Winx and Ink reviews The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Booktuber The Space Possum shares her Vintage Book haul

Galactic Journey discusses everything that was new and innovative in 1961 – short fiction from Galaxy and Analog Science Fact and Fiction magazines, films of airships and apes,  and more!

Bev over at My Reader’s Block reviewed The Platypus of Doom by Arthor Byron Cover (that guy’s name rings a bell!) and Imagination Unlimited which collects stories by Bradbury, Sturgeon, May, deCamp, and others

Starbornis a fantastic Andre Norton tribute site

Worlds in Ink went for the Smorgasbord of goodness with the Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 25, featuring all the greats from the early 60s

Two Dudes in an Attic offers an in depth discussion of what We Who Are About To by Joanna Russ is, and isn’t.

As always, Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations offers up book reviews, cover art galleries, and discussion of titles such as Irrational Numbers by George Alec Effinger, and the Universe 1 anthology edited by Terry Carr

For those of you who want one stop shopping, Victorian Soul Book Critiques offers reviews of Dawn and Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler

Lynn’s Book Blog has been showcasing some fantastic (and weird!) cover art from She by H. Rider Haggard, Logan’s Run, The Stepford Wives,  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and a review of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Go let her know which cover arts are your favorite!

Hibernator’s Library discusses The Time Machine by H.G Wells and The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlein  and is interested in your thoughts

Weighing A Pig Doesn’t Fatten it wasn’t at all impressed with The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert (while I, on the other hand, found this book fun and weird. But I’m a Herbert fangirl.)

The Howling Frog reviews The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin


as for myself, I recently read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It was very enjoyable, but i still haven’t gotten around to reviewing it.  If you liked Gaiman’s Stardust, then you’ll like The Last Unicorn. Beagle plays around with language and fairy tale tropes, and “how the story is supposed to go, because that’s how all these types of stories go”.


What of the above books look interesting to you?




Booktuber The Space Possum made a fantastic YouTube video about about Vintage Month.  Click here to check it out!  She was kind enough to mention Vintage Month, so leave her some comments about the first Vintage book you read, your favorite Vintage book, what do you plan to read for Vintage Month, and where do you even get these books?   I also need to thank Red Star Reviews for  promoting Vintage Month on Instagram. Thanks Space Possum and Red Star Reviews!




This year Instagram and YouTube. . . . next year the world!

oh, you want some more Vintage Sci Fi?


That’s good, because everyone has been posting Vintage-y reviews like crazy!

Jim over at Science Fiction Times reviewed Walkers on the Sky by David J. Lake and Robert Silverberg’s Gorgon Planet (and i bet he’ll have another one up by the time this post publishes!)

My Reader’s Block reviewed Ten Thousand Light Years From Home, a collection of short stories by James Tiptree, Jr, followed up with a review of Asimov’s Choice: Black Holes & Bug-Eyed Monsters edited by George H. Scithers, which is a collection of short fiction from Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.

Greg at Greg’s Book Haven reviewed Ginger Star by Leigh Bracket

Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog reviewed Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars (I totally want Woola as a pet) and also Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This is how she fight start reviews Cat Country by the Chinese author Lao She

Jean at Howling Frog Books gave Heinlein a try, and reviewed Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, her daughter enjoyed the book too! She followed that review up with Heinlein’s The Puppetmasters (one of my personal favorites!)

Over at Uncertain Tales is an in depth review of The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham

Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings kicked off January with a review of The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!, followed up with a review of Robert Heinlein’s Assignment in Eternity

Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow is working her way through Frank Herbert’s Dune for the first time

Joachim Boaz at Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations specializes in science fiction of the vintage variety, and recently posted a review of The Hole In the Zero by M.K. Joseph

The Finch and Pea offers a review of Garrett P. Serviss’ The Second Deluge, along with historical background on the pulp short story magazines of the early 20th century

Two Dudes in an Attic reviewed Med Ship by Murray Leinster, and offers some commentary on how to approach older fiction

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